ARTS & ART THERAPY
What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy

1. Speak your pain without words...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As we are faced with an aging population and our own, it's worth noting that, "More and more researchers and health care providers are convinced that art therapy helps improve the quality of life for older adults, even for those who might have dementia or Alzheimer's disease."

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This youtube clip states that, "Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes."

 

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by Bernd Wechner

Symbols are amazing things. They rule our lives. When we overestimate their power, we suffer, when we underestimate their power we suffer. Just what is a symbol and why are they so important us?

 

Symbols are all we have to communicate with one another, to share our ideas and feelings. Deeper still, they form a great part of how we talk to ourselves, that is, how we think, process and summarise our ideas and experiences.

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Ever since Bernd was a child, he has dreamed of wandering the world aimlessly in search of his fortunes. After studying and working for a while, with enough of the stable life behind him, he set out to do just that. He collected a respectable pile of experiences and information on the road before he migrated to a more steady home and family life. This is a reflective piece that he wrote about symbols.

 

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by Scott Trevelyan

Most people refer to it as a disability. I almost see it as a gift. To experience near death and be able to view life from a new positive perspective is something I have found many Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors have in common...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I met Scott Trevelyan, a visual artist on the North Coast of NSW, Australia, via an international art therapy project. Scott used printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. He currently runs art therapy classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors at his wheelchair-friendly, purpose built studio, ‘Willowbank Studio’.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This artistic film with many beautiful clips of nature was made in Finland. The narrative is based on Chief Seattle's response to the American government after they wanted to buy the land from the native Americans. This is the third and the most popular version of his speech as modified in the 1970's. Chief Seattle was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington. The city of Seattle in the state of Washington is named after him.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: There are so many interesting stories about Pablo Picasso and this video clip is full of them. A classic one is Picasso's response to a Nazi soldier. The Gestapo would visit Picasso every so often because they were convinced he was hiding Jewish artists. One time when they were snooping around through his things, a soldier came across a postcard with one of Picasso's most famous works: a depiction of what happened when a German bomb lands on a small Spanish town in the Basque region during second World War. The Nazi asks Picasso, "Did you do this?" Picasso says, "No. You did! Take one ... souvenir!" It is a wonderful story and it makes you wonder "what can art really do in the face of atrocity?" This video is an attempt to answer that question.

 

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by Hollie Chantiles

It's raining. Again. So much for long summer days off hiking and working in the yard. The storms have been so bad here...on and off, and then so humid in between. Having only one room with Air Conditioning is fine most of the time ( I lived in Baltimore for years with none at all) but I do wish we at least had a better cross-breeze in the house. Everything seems so stale...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Hollie is an artist who paints draws and inspires others. Her article is an except from her first book. Finding Home Sweet Home, An interactive journal to find inspiration.  Her whimsical images are thought provoking and universal.  She helps us gain access to the parts  that we have hidden and buried deep inside.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: An advertiement re. arts education that could just as easily be applied to the benefits of art therapy.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is a time-lapse video showing the process of making an art journal page. Art journals are fun and therapeutic. I hope this inspires you to make one of your own!

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next. I hope this video inspires you to notice those around you and touch them with kindness. You don't know what challenges the people you pass are facing. A kind word or a gesture goes a long way. Like the construction worker in this clip, you could start a chain reaction and inspire people around you to do the same.

 

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by M. Edwin Green, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin

She did what so many of us do… she fell in love and got engaged. Everything seemed headed for a storybook wedding when out of nowhere the family began squabbling over wedding arrangements...

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.

 

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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.

 

 

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